Giving in to the growing criticism that the original proposal was too big and extravagant, the Japan Sports Council released a new smaller design for the National Stadium in Tokyo. The current stadium will be torn down by July this year for the construction of what will be the centerpiece of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
The new proposal now shows a 20% reduction from the initial design proposal submitted last 2012, with the stadium now just occupying a 211,000 square meter floor area. Even the cost is also being brought down from 300 billion yen (approx. US$2.95 billion) to just around 162.5 billion yen ($1.6 billion). Another major consideration for scaling down the proposal is due to environmental concerns as well as the landscape of the entire area. The new stadium, designed by London-based Zaha Hadid Architects, is expected to be completed by March 2019 and will have around 80,000 seats, with 15,000 of them movable. It will also have state-of-the-art technology including environmentally conscious air-conditioning and seats that can be moved towards the field for a better view.
The height of the stadium has also been now reduced to 70 meters, which is 5 meters than the original plan. This was done so as not to harm the surrounding landscape of the area, which includes the ginkgo trees in the nearby Meiji Jingu Gaien. Adding to the cost of the stadium, but something that is necessary given Japan’s numerous earthquakes, is making it a quake-absorbing structure. The design will also enable a full capacity stadium to be evacuated as fast as 15 minutes.
[ via Yomiuri ]